2019    FreedomFest 2019 Wednesday, July 17th - Saturday, July 20th The Atlas Society is pleased to announce that CEO Jennifer Grossman and Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Ph.D will be at the 17th Annual FreedomFest Conference, billed “The Largest Gathering of Free Minds in the World,” July 17 - 20, 2019 at the Paris Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jennifer Grossman will represent The Atlas Society on a panel discussing “Beyond Ayn Rand: The Power and Vision of Libertarian Women” and on a post-screening panel for the Anthem Film Festival to debate “East vs West: Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?” following the screening of “The Fight of our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War against the West," by filmmaker Gloria Z. Greenfield. Dr. Hicks will lead a breakout session on "Why Socialism Works" and represent The Atlas Society in a panel discussion of the concept of Manifest Destiny in light of the shifts in cultural perspective since the 1800s and this year’s FreedomFest conference theme – the "Wild West." For more information, and to register, click here.   YALCON - Silicon Valley Friday, July 19th - Sunday, July 21st The Atlas Society’s Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Ph.D. will be speaking in California at  Silicon Valley YALCON July 19-21, 2019. Meet Hicks and other top names in the liberty movement at this exciting event in the tech capital of...
Complications Come praise Apollo bright,Who prickled a thick brow,Briefly as lambent light: Sufficient though to causeA remorseless shufflingAcross dry plains to pause; Instinctual eyesLift from predator, prey,To puzzle at vacant skies; Behind a brutish face,UnfathomableComplexity to take place. I published this poem in 2008 in my first collection, Touched by Its Rays (The Atlas Society: Washington, DC: 2008). It is brief, but it expresses a puzzlement I felt. I was editor of a quarterly journal of neuroscience, Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, and working hard to make the ideas and writing of some of the world’s foremost brain scientists accessible and exciting to lay readers—without distortions or simplifications that would outrage the scientists themselves. One of the powerful and compelling fields of neuroscience, today, is evolutionary biology, including evolutionary psychology. They ask how the forces of Darwinian natural selection, relentlessly testing every characteristic of every species by the standard of conduciveness to successful reproducing, shaped the biology and psychology of human beings. The fundamental principle of evolutionary biology is that every aspect of our biology, including our brain, and every function, including our psychology, is an outcome of evolutionary selection. If a trait exists, then presumably it promotes our reproduction as a species; all that is left is to explain is how it does so. If a species of bird (Clark’s nutcracker) has...